March 13th, 2008, 05:35 PM #11
Neil recommended Sin Zin to me a while ago. It was pretty damn good.
March 13th, 2008, 06:37 PM #12
i just had this one the other day and i enjoyed it.
April 5th, 2008, 03:26 PM #13
Here's my two cents on one of my all-time favorite varietals. Get ready for my tasting notes!
Livermore Valley Cellars '04 Kestrel Ridge Zinfandel (Livermore): This voluptuous beauty bursts with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, blackberry, cloves, black pepper, and a hint of coffee. Its velvety body is luscious, and its finish seems to last about half an hour. (Given its surprising degree of balance and integration, it's shocking to learn its alcohol content is a mind-blowing 16.1 percent. If you think I'm tossing a bouquet to my all-time favorite Zin, you're right. ***** 3/4
The following is straight from the 32 pages of tasting notes I took, as part of the three-day wedding anniversary getaway (our 20th)/business trip that Mr. GBG and I took late this February. Don't ask how, but we managed to sample 105 wines during our three days of work/pleasure ...
Tobin James '06 Zinfandel "Ballistic" (Paso Robles): Ruby-red, bright color; much driver and lighter than the '05 -- almost like the TJ Sangiovese on 'roids. Still fruity, but nowhere near as jammy, inky, or syrupy sweet. Very interesting, and very complex. (My better half REALLY likes it.) **** 1/2
Tobin James '05 Late Harvest Zinfandel "Liquid Love" (Paso Robles): Rich, intense berry (raspberry/boysenberry/lingonberry) on luscious nose and palate. Sweet, slightly spicy finish. No-holds-barred decadence. *****
Peachy Canyon '05 Paso Robles Zinfandel (Paso Robles): Bright red color; medium body with a supple feel; surprisingly dry, zingy red cherry and cranberry essences on nose and palate. Fun! ****
Castoro Cellars '05 Zinfandel "Zinfusion" -- 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Syrah (Paso Robles): Deep, concentrated, juicy black and red fruit (raspberry and boysenberry, black pepper, and cloves dominate nose and palate. Full, lush mouthfeel, and gorgeous, full-out finish that lasts and lasts. Great! *****
Wild Coyote '04 Zinfandel (Paso Robles): Cherry/raspberry/boysenberry aromas and flavors; medium body with elegant structure; subtle essences of green pepper, eucalyptus, not unlike a Charles Joguet Cabernet Franc; spicy, lingering finish. Exotic and elegant. **** 3/4